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  1. I started tying these over a dozen years ago to...

    I started tying these over a dozen years ago to fish on the San Juan, then found they worked just as well on my home tailwater, the Guadalupe River in Texas. In fact, I had a guide buddy of mine who...
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    Looking forward to watching Charlie tie at the...

    Looking forward to watching Charlie tie at the Guadalupe River TU's Troutfest in Sattler, TX, Feb 21-23. I've been a fan for years and have yet to meet him.
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    Yes, I have. Also have used midge diamond braid...

    Yes, I have. Also have used midge diamond braid or Tiewell's Sparkleflash Maxibraid. I really like the fly in a beadhead version as well. Matched the hatch once with a size 14 Beadhead Crackleback...
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    I started fly fishing twenty years ago while...

    I started fly fishing twenty years ago while living in St. Louis. My wife bought me a vise for Christmas and Ed Story of Feather-Craft taught me to tie his signature fly, the Crackleback. I now...
  5. Thread: Razor

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    I'd love to have a box of Hans's flies, but I...

    I'd love to have a box of Hans's flies, but I fear they would never get fished. They're just too pretty. I'd just sit there and ogle them.

    As always, Hans, a gorgeous fly, well photographed.
  6. One key factor not really discussed above is...

    One key factor not really discussed above is warranty. If you wanted to compete at the high end of the market, you'd be up against established companies, around for decades, that often back up their...
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    Gorgeous fly and one of the most clearly...

    Gorgeous fly and one of the most clearly photographed sets of tying instructions I have seen. Nicely done!
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    With a couple dozen bamboo rods of all manner of...

    With a couple dozen bamboo rods of all manner of makes, lengths, tapers and conditions in my quiver, I can tell you it's a very personal choice, so experiment. Bamboo is an extremely strong and...
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    These days, the rod manufacturer that seems to be...

    These days, the rod manufacturer that seems to be the most explicit about specifying different actions within a given model series is Orvis. I know with their Helios rods, the would list them as...
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    +1 on the links listed by Kaboom1. I fish with...

    +1 on the links listed by Kaboom1. I fish with the guy who wrote the first one and know his advice is excellent. He's a metallurgist by profession, with a real passion for finding and restoring the...
  11. Thread: Nymph Video

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    That tells me two things: 1. It may be worth...

    That tells me two things:

    1. It may be worth the trouble to learn how to tie jointed/articulated nymphs; and
    2. I need to use "fluffier" materials (e.g., CDC, marabou) for abdomens on my flies,...
  12. Thread: Cabela's

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    Having grown up in Springfield, MO and gone to...

    Having grown up in Springfield, MO and gone to school with Johnny Morris, I may be a bit biased, but I like Bass Pro better. It is primarily a fishing store. A fly fishing friend of mine who works...
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    That Texas A&M course was locally famous and well...

    That Texas A&M course was locally famous and well done. I invited the intructor, Professor Jackman, to speak at our local TU meeting and he did a great one hour introduction to entomology for fly...
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    Ed Story designed the Crackleback as a sparsely...

    Ed Story designed the Crackleback as a sparsely hackled emerger and even suggested putting floatant on only the top half of the fly.

    My favorite personal Crackleback story came several years...
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    No video, but a slightly different way of...

    No video, but a slightly different way of explaining it. Two accessories needed for a good rotary vise are a material holder (usually a spring) that fits around the rotating shaft of the vise behind...
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    I started my fly fishing in St. Louis and bought...

    I started my fly fishing in St. Louis and bought my first tying stuff at Feather-Craft (and have been a customer ever since, through four moves to different states). I had the good fortune to have...
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    Flies in Carry On Luggage

    I have a new flyfisher friend headed for Utah who asked me whether he'd have a problem carrying on a small box of small flies (size 20-24). I haven't carried on flies since 2001. Any recent...
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    That's too bad. I learned a lot from Quint and...

    That's too bad. I learned a lot from Quint and Cicely in my early years of fly fishing, but I know it was a hard and isolated life out there. The setting and stream were gorgeous, but took a lot of...
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    They are now using a combination of high tech and...

    They are now using a combination of high tech and low tech methods on the lake trout intruders. Lakers are being caught, fitted with transponders, and released, then tracked by a number of tracking...
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    WindRush Farms Trout Stream

    Anyone know what has happened to WindRush Farms trout stream near St. James, MO? Their website says they were closed this season. Is that because it is late in the year or were they closed all...
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    Tilapia on a fly?

    I have been asked by a friend to help him clear some tilapia out of a spring-fed lake he is responsible for, or at least catch a few together on flies.

    Any suggestions on flies or techniques to...
  22. Fly Fishing Near Miami Beach in late March

    My wife has to attend an event in Miami Beach in late March and has asked me to go along. Any advice about fly fishing options (fresh or saltwater) down there at that time of year? Suggested...
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    Depends on the type of water you are fishing, its...

    Depends on the type of water you are fishing, its clarity, speed, etc, and the fish you are targeting. I fish a southern tailwater where winter is the prime season for trout. Flies there are much...
  24. Thread: Crappie Flies

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    I lived for three years on a catch and release...

    I lived for three years on a catch and release lake in northern Illinois that had been stocked with crappie. By the time we moved there, the crappie were overpopulated, so none of them grew very...
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    I live far out of walleye range now (Dallas), but...

    I live far out of walleye range now (Dallas), but when I lived in suburban Chicago, we would target the walleye (and several other species) by fishing below the dams along the Fox River. It was...
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